I’m looking at purchasing a carbon monoxide detector and there are quite a few out there to choose from. Some have “optional probes” and some do not. I’m hoping to get some feedback from fellow inspectors as to what works best for you in the field.
I have the Fluke CO-220, and absolutely love it…
Small, works like a champ, display lights up on its own when moved into a darkness area, and when I contacted Fluke by mail, asking about
“when should I get this calibrated?”
they came back with,
“once a year, send it to us for no charge, and we’ll calibrate and return to you at our expense”
I knew I had made the right choice…
I have a CO detector, almost never use it but I also have a CO alarm that I wear on my equipment belt/harness. If it goes off while I am inspecting than I have reason to be concerned immediately, not only for myself but the occupants and my clients. Relatively inexpensive devices that will tell you about the CO content of the ambient air in the home, not just around the flues and appliances. And yes it has gone off before and proven to be a problem of CO being too high. We have to remember that it is not only gas appliances that can cause CO levels to be elevated. This way too if it ever becomes a question of exceeding the SOP, I was not taking CO readings, I was simply doing my job when my personal safety equipement went off.
Greg, I have two co measuring devices, the first is a personel protection piece which is a UEI co071 the second is an annualy calibrated Kane May CO meter used when checking furnaces. I also agee with others that the Bacharra equipment is very good.